Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: To see the all within the one (Chapter 11)

Wisdom by Coen Van der Kroon

To see the all within the one How to be(come) an Ayurveda-Arjuna…   Arjuna speaks to Krishna:  "Pasyami devams tava deva dehe sarvams tatha bhuta-visesa-sanghan brahmanam isam kamalasana-stham rsims ca sarvan uragams ca divyan"  ​"Now I see all the divine forms in you. The Rishis are in you. All the Sages of the Universe, I see them all. And I see no beginning, no end, or no middle. Every form in the Universe is your form." - The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11, verse 15  

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Yoga of Hidden Treasure (Chapter 9)

Wisdom by Reinier Dorrepaal

While knowledge of the self (selfless action or karma yoga) is revealed in the first six chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, knowledge of the union of the self through devotion in love (devotional yoga or bhakti yoga) is revealed in chapters seven to twelve. Krishna begins Chapter 9 with three verses to draw Arjuna’s undivided attention because the knowledge he is going to reveal is very important; it is the ‘Hidden Treasure’.

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Separating the Real from the Unreal (Chapter 8)

Wisdom by Rolandjan Van Mulligen

Chapter 8, Verse 315 Krishna talking to Arjuna: "At the time of leaving the body if anyone thinks of Me, definitely, he attains Me." (Chapter 8, Verse 315)   The story of the Bhagavad Gita takes place on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where two sides of a family are preparing for battle. The conversation involves two characters: Krishna and Arjuna. Krishna represents our True Self and Arjuna represents the human identification with body and mind (ego). 

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Knowledge of the Absolute (Chapter 7)

Wisdom by Peter Roussel

The practitioner in yoga strives to understand the right action, this is the theme in Hatha Yoga and Bakhti Yoga as it is in the epic story of Arjuna, the Bhagavad Gita. Bhagavad Gita is compiled from stories dating from before Christ and up to about 600 years after His death. Many edits by those in power have incorporated developing ideas of society and of how to understand life.

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: The True Yoga (Chapter 6)

Wisdom by Jurre Twijnstra

Chapter 6, Verse 34-53 Arjuna asks Krishna: “O Krishna the mind is flickering unstable, strong and stubborn. I think it is as difficult as to control the wind.” Krishna explains to Arjuna: “Without doubt Arjuna, the mind is difficult to curb and is restless but it can be controlled by constant practice and non-attachment.”   Reading in the Bhagavad Gita brings me back into moments and places in India every time.

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Action in Pure Awareness (Chapter 5)

Wisdom by Sido Wijga

Chapter 5, Verse 8-9 Krishna explains to Arjuna: “The knower of the truth thinks “I do not do anything at all” - though seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, moving about, sleeping, breathing, speaking, emptying, accepting, opening and closing of eyes. He is convinced that only the sense organs of the body are engaged in sense objects and the soul is actionless.” 

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: The Battlefield (Chapter 2)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

     Chapter 2, verse 7 Arjuna speaks to Krishna: "Now I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure because of weakness. In this condition, I am asking You to tell me clearly what is best for me. Now I am Your disciple, and a soul surrendered unto You. Please instruct me."   This is the beginning of a new year's dive into the deep Yogic and spiritual treasure of the Bhagavad Gita.

The 13 lunar cycles: The 13th Moon in January (Part 13 of 13)

Wisdom by Katiza Satya

'You are — the moment you decide to Be' by Satya   After a wonderful journey of 12 moons, here we are at this invisible gate entering the last moon cycle of the year “the 13th moon in January”.  With a heart full of gratitude and wisdom gathered from all the different aspects we have learned and shared in our walk on earth moment by moment, deep in ourselves we feel the Yes! We are ready to Be!

The 13 lunar cycles: Give Praise (Part 12 of 13)

Wisdom by Daphne Luttger

Life is inevitably a process of learning and maybe at some point in life’s journey, you come to the realization of the necessity of unlearning or changing the habitual patterns that we call conditioning. The importance of change for growth and transformation. We all build our personalities on the experiences we have.

The 13 lunar cycles: Walk Tall, Woman (Part 11 of 13)

Wisdom by Patricia Veltri

By Patricia Veltri The first time I heard the expression ‘She walks what she talks’ I was impressed by a powerful woman. She had so much integrity and coherence, she was so honest in the way she presented herself. With her, I understood the difference between being honest and carrying the truth. The truth has different aspects, can be seen from different perspectives. Be honest is to choose not to fake.

The 13 lunar cycles: Weaving the Web (Part 10 of 13)

Wisdom by Tianjin Lawless-Jennings

The Woman of the Tenth Moon Cycle weaves the creative web of life. She shows us that 'Mothers' come in many different forms: Aunt, Godmother, Guru, Friend. She is the special woman that you turn to for guidance, to steer you from the path of destruction, showing you the way back onto the path of creating and manifesting your dreams... of birthing your true potential through your creativity.

The 13 lunar cycles: shaping tomorrow's dream (Part 9 of 13)

Wisdom by Dolores Mae Höppener

The moon of September is the ninth moon cycle, the ninth month, that we share about the wisdom of the moon according to the native traditions. This moon is asking us to be aware that we are influencing tomorrow’s dreams; to be proactive to ensure the abundance of the future. The abundance of our children's children.

The 13 lunar cycles: She who heals (Part 8 of 13)

Wisdom by Victoria (Tory) Hyndman

Theme of the Month August: She who heals by Victoria (Tory) Hyndman This month’s theme is about “She who heals”. When we look at “she who heals`’, is this an individual like a mother, a grand-mother, an energy of the Divine Mother or perhaps our true mirror? There is a girl, a woman really.  She is standing on a bridge, one we all come to at some point in  life.

The 13 lunar cycles: Intimacy with all that is (Part 7 of 13)

Wisdom by Katka Jacz

Theme of the Month July: Intimacy with all that is by Katka Jacz   To be at home with yourself and the world around you, happy and intimate with whatever is. Those of you who have had this experience know this is a possibility. But to live like this more constantly, is this possible?

The 13 lunar cycles: Storyteller (Part 6 of 13)

Wisdom by Lidewij Severins

Theme of the Month June: Storyteller   She who speaks the Truth by Lidewij Severins The Moon of June represents the woman who speaks the Truth. She who shares from her heart; truthfully, concise and clear. Through stories, we learn to have faith, to be humble and to keep our innocence.

The 13 lunar cycles: Listen to your inner voice (Part 5 of 13)

Wisdom by Martine van Beusekom

Listen to your Inner Voice   Every month the theme of the month is inspired by the book 'The 13 Clan Mothers', in which the writer, Jamie Sams, shares her Native American wisdom on what the moon teaches us, all 13 moons have their own teaching, helping us to Truth. Martine wrote about what the 5th moon brings us.

The 13 lunar cycles: 'Looks far Woman' (Part 4 of 13)

Wisdom by Ira Hardjosusono

Living the Mandala of Life. First of all, I’m grateful and happy to have been asked to write about the theme of the 4th April moon. Inspired by the many stories of women on the path, I started writing directly from the heart, inviting you to join me to go back in time.

The 13 lunar cycles: Weighs the truth (Part 3 of 13)

Wisdom by Ingeborg Timmerman

She who sees the truth The third moon of the year teaches us that truth has many different faces. We need to look at all sides of a situation to find out what is real and accept this truth although we may not like it. It teaches us that we can find our own personal truth by seeing and accepting the consequences of our actions and life experience. We need to look at what we can learn from our deeds.

The 13 lunar cycles: Wisdom Keeper (Part 2 of 13)

Wisdom by Alixe van Ogtrop

As honoring nature's rhythms and cycles connect us more easily with our own True Nature, we will write about the 13 lunar cycles. This year 13 women have been asked to write about the 13 lunar cycles. I have been asked to write about the second moon of the year with the theme 'Wisdom Keeper'.

The 13 lunar cycles: Talks with Relations (Part 1 of 13)

Wisdom by Kristin Vikjord Paternotte

NATURE “Weaving the rhythms of the seasons, She rides the Winds of Change” I was born under the Aurora Borealis. Under the dancing Lights of winter. I grew up in moonlit darkness. In the land of the midnight sun, a land where the sun never sets. Where the silence is more still than the first stillness. And time is present, like moments that never pass. Blue hours of vastness. Raw. Pure. Where heaven meets earth in winds as wild as your wildest dreams.

The Niyamas: Ishvara Pranidhana - Surrender to the divine

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

The Niyamas: Ishvara Pranidhana - Surrender to the divine The theme of this month is Ishvara Pranidhana, the last one in the series of niyamas. Ishvara refers to God, and Pranidhana generally means self-surrender. Ishvara Pranidhana is the practice of self-surrender in deep contemplation on the eternal source of all. In the practice of Ishvara Pranidhana, we let go of our thoughts, beliefs and ideas.

The Niyamas: Svadhyaya - Studying the Self

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

The Niyamas: Svadhyaya - Studying the Self   The theme of the month is Svadhyaya, the fourth of the niyamas from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The term Svadhyaya stems from the words Sva (Self or Soul) and Shyaya, which comes from dhyia (to meditate, study or contemplate) and so Svadhyaya means Studying the Self. DJ Khaled would call this a Holy Key, as knowing your Self, and being your Self, is what yoga is all about.

The Niyamas: Tapas - Inner Fire and Selfless Love

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

TĀPAS   Inner Fire & Selfless Love Tāpas, the third of the niyamas from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, has been translated into English as heat, spiritual austerities, self-discipline and inner fire. Through Tāpas, mastery of the body, mind and senses can be achieved. Think of Tāpas as a flame inside of you, which motivates you and keeps you on track with what is really important in life.

The Niyamas: Santosha - Contentment

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

The Niyamas: SANTOSHA - Contentment   This month we focus on the practice of Santosha, developing contentment and equanimity of mind. I believe the first time I heard the word equanimity was during my first vipassana retreat. The teacher, S.N. Goenka, was speaking about it a lot. He told me that I should keep a calm, content and equanimous mind, no matter what the circumstances may be.

The Niyamas: Saucha - purity, cleanliness and clearness

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

The Niyamas: Saucha - purity, cleanliness and clearness When I first heard about the niyamas as being the rules of yoga, I was not a fan. I never liked rules and I had a slight tendency of breaking them. Luckily, over the years my perception changed, and I began to understand that the niyamas are not meant as rules that you simply must follow to be a good person. I began to appreciate them as spiritual, mystical and yet very practical guidelines for a happy life. And I love being happy.

The Yamas: Aparigraha - Non-attachment

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas:  Aparigraha - Non-attachment I will reflect on the fifth and last Yama: Aparigraha. The Yamas, “the don’ts”, are considered the natural laws of Yoga and thus Aparigraha is one of the five essential restraints.  The word Aparigraha stems from the word parigrah which means ‘to crave’, ‘to seek’ and 'to seize’ possessions. It not only means the action but also includes the intent; the attitude of craving and possessiveness.

The Yamas: Brahmacharya - Follow the Universal self inside

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas: Brahmacharya - follow the universal self ride I will reflect on the fourth Yama “Brahmacharya”. The Yamas are an integral part of the path of Yoga and are seen as the natural laws of life which are guiding our action, words and thoughts.

The Yamas: Asteya - Non-stealing

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas: Asteya - Non stealing I'll be continuing my exploration of the Yamas, which are seen as the natural laws of Yoga and apply to all aspects of life, including restraints in one's actions, words and thoughts. This time we will reflect on the third Yamas, "Asteya", which translates to "non-stealing".

The Yamas: Satya - Truthfulness

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas: Satya - Truthfulness I’ll be writing about the five Yamas, an integral part of the eightfold path of Yoga. The Yamas are seen as the natural laws of Yoga which apply broadly in life and include self-restraints in one's action, words and thoughts. We’ll be having a closer look at the second Yama “Satya” which translates to “Truthfulness”

The Yamas: Ahimsa - non violence, non harming

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas: Ahimsa - non violence, non harming Several weeks ago, my teacher, Katiza Satya asked me to write the Theme of the Month for the first months of 2017. I was asked to write about the five "Yamas", one of the limbs of the eightfold path of Yoga. The Yamas are seen as the natural laws of Yoga which apply broadly in life and include self-restraints in one's action, words and thoughts. In January we start with "Ahimsa" which literally means "do not harm".

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 4 of 4)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 4 of 4) Mudra, Bandha and Kundalini Energy udghāṭayetkapāṭaṃ tu yathā kuṃchikayā haṭhāt |
kuṇḍalinyā tathā yoghī mokṣhadvāraṃ vibhedayet || 105 ||   As a door is opened with a key, so the Yogî opens the door of mukti by opening Kuṇḍalinî by means of Haṭha Yoga.

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 3 of 4)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 3 of 4) Part 3. Pranayama practice according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika: athāsane dṝdhe yoghī vaśī hita-mitāśanaḥ | ghurūpadiṣhṭa-mārgheṇa prāṇāyāmānsamabhyaset || 1 ||

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 2 of 4)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 2 of 4) Asana practice according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The second chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika explains asana as the foundation of the Hatha Yoga training.

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 1 of 4)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

The purpose of Yoga according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika Hatha Yoga is the system of yoga we follow when we practice yoga asanas, pranayamas, bandhas etc. Any practice that involves these aspects is Hatha Yoga, every "style" of yoga you are practicing it is directly related to Hatha Yoga.

Bhagavad Gita: Bhakti Yoga (Part 2 of 2)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhagavad Gita: Bhakti Yoga (Part 2 of 2) The way of the heart, devotion and sacred space. This month's theme from the Bhagavad Gita is a continuation of last months theme: the path of "Bhakti " yoga, the yoga of opening the heart in devotion.

Bhagavad Gita: Jñana Yoga, the Yoga of Knowledge

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Jñāna Yoga, the yoga of knowledge This month's theme from the Bhagavad Gita is the path of jñāna yoga, or the yoga of knowledge. jñāna is not knowledge in the same way we normally understand the word. jñāna is like a fire that burns away that which is not true.

Bhagavad Gita: Bhakti Yoga (Part 1 of 2)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhakti Yoga The path of Bhakti Yoga is described in the Gita as the quickest and most powerful of the paths of Yoga. The whole of the Bhagavad-gītā is a dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna.

Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yoga

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Karma Yoga The first of the Yogas from the Bhagavad Gītā: Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is the path to realization by acting selflessly in the world with the knowledge of our inherent interdependence with all things.